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DWC is accepting submissions for its 10th anniversary anthology.

January 17, 2019

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Driftless Writing Center will publish an anthology showcasing local writers and artists or those who have been influenced by the region.


“We envision this anthology as a complement to the 200 years of work collected in The Driftless Reader,” said DWC board president Jennifer Morales. 


The DWC anthology, which will be released in paperback and e-book form on February 3, 2020, will contain unpublished new works by current writers and artists. 


We welcome poems, essays, short stories, self-contained novel excerpts, black-and-white artwork, and hybrid forms that relate to and are rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). Each submission should not exceed 4,500 words. 


Submissions will be accepted from January 15 until April 1, 2019 online here


We’re seeking a broad range of voices, styles, topics, and experiences, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to be part of this collection of voices from the Driftless. Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but must be accompanied by an English translation. Our criteria are excellence, originality, and insightfulness. 


Work must be previously unpublished. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome, but we expect writers to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.


Initial selections will be made by prose- and poetry-judging subcommittees comprising Driftless Writing Center instructors. Final selections will be made by guest editors Matt Cashion (Fiction), Nikki Wallschlaeger (Poetry), and Amy Weldon (Nonfiction and Hybrid).


Contributors whose work is chosen will receive $75 and two complimentary copies of the anthology and may be invited to read at a public celebration of the book’s publication.


Authors and artists will be notified of acceptance no later than August 1, 2019.



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